Acendas Vacations

Hawaii is Open for Business

By Jeff Bollig —

You can now get two (or more) tickets to paradise as government officials have opened the islands for tourists with some restrictions and qualifications. Acendas Travel advisor Justine Sjurseth, based in our Minneapolis office offers the following details for those interested in visiting the Aloha State.

Hula dancers hawaiiTravelers can travel to Hawaii if they have a negative Covid19 test that was taken within 72 hours of arrival. If someone is waiting for a Covid19 test result when they arrive, they must quarantine until they can provide a negative test result. Tests will ONLY be accepted from the following health partners: AFC Urgent Care, Bartel Drugs, Carbon Health, CityHealth Urgent Care, Color, CVS health, Discovery Health, Kaiser Permanente, Quest Diagnostics, Vault Health, Walgreens. In addition, United Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Southwest Airlines, and Oakland International Airport understand the pre-travel testing requirements and are reliable sources of testing.

Other testing details include:

  • Children age 4 and under do not need to be tested
  • No tests will be given onsite upon arrival
  • Those that choose not to take a test in advance are subject to the 14 day quarantine.
  • Prior to arrival, all adults must create an online account and register with the state’s safe travel program
  • Travelers will be required to upload their negative test result and answer a health questionnaire 24 hours prior to departure
  • Temperature checks will be performed upon arrival

Waikiki beach and Diamond HeadVisitors may also be asked to show their negative test results when checking into a hotel, or picking up a rental car. As for inter-island travel, at the present time, Molokai, Maui, Lanai and Kauai will allow intrastate travel. These island will offer a voluntary seconnd test when travelers arrive on the island, but it’s not required. The island of Hawaii has a mandatory 14 day quarantine for anyone coming from a different island (other than a short layover in Honolulu).

The Hawaii tourism bureau is offering a new “Malama Hawaii” program, where travelers can qualify for a free night at specific properties if they participate in a voluntourism activity during their stay.

Watch Justine’s video to learn more. Click here.